constant-pursuit

Greek Mythology

ARIES:

Aries the first sign of the greek zodiac, marking the beginning of spring and the start of a new cycle of life.

The story of Aries is linked with the myth of the Golden Ram, which saved two kids, a brother and a sister, from being sacrificed in order to appease the gods.

TAURUS:

The next sign of the greek zodiac is the constellation of Taurus (bull), associated with the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur.

According to myth, Theseus volunteered to be one of the youths from Athens who would be offered as food to the horrible monster Minotaur (half man, half bull) who stayed in Crete, in the labyrinth. But, when he was there and with the help of Ariadne, the legendary hero managed to kill the beast and thus relieve his city Athens from the terrible punishment imposed by the Cretan king Minos.

GEMINI:

The constellation of Gemini is the next sign of the greek zodiac. It is linked with the story of the twin brothers Castor and Polydeuces (Pollux in latin). Actually, they were not twins in the ordinary sense, since they had different fathers.

Their story starts when Zeus, king of the gods, wanted to have an affair with Leda, the lovely queen of Sparta. In order to fool her, he transformed himself into a beautiful swan.

In the course of time, Leda bore two eggs: One of them contained a baby girl named Helen (the same one who later was the cause of the Trojan War) and a boy called Pollux. These two were the divine children of Zeus.

The other egg opened up to reveal another girl and boy, Clytemnestra (who later became the wife of Agamemnon, the military leader of the Greeks in the Trojan War) and Castor. These were the mortal children of king Tyndareus, the legitimate husband of Leda.

Despite the fact that one brother was divine and the other mortal, the twins Castor and Pollux grew to be inseparable. They did everything together and they loved each other dearly.

Because they were so close, they were called by one name; the Dioscuri. As they were growing, they both loved all kinds of sport. Pollux was particularly good at boxing, while Castor was renowned for his skill and daring on horseback.

CANCER:

The constellation of the greek zodiac known as Cancer (Crab), is linked with the second labour of the mighty hero Hercules, when he was assigned by Eurystheus to kill Lerna Hydra, a horrible water snake with a hundred heads.

As the story goes, in the midst of Hercules’ struggle, Hera, who was the hero’s worst enemy, ordered a giant crab to go and help the Hydra by digging its claws into Hercules’ foot.

Howling with pain, the hero stamped on the crab furiously, crushing it to death.

Hera, being grateful for its support and in recognition of its attempt to help her, honoured the crab by placing its image among the stars, as the constellation of Cancer.

LEO:

Leo, the fifth constellation of the greek zodiac, is linked with Hercules’ very first labour, the capture of the Nemean Lion.

According to the myth, Hercules finally managed to kill the beast by strangling it to death. Then, he skinned the lion and took its pelt to wear it. He was then quite protected from his enemies, as the skin could not be penetrated from any known weapon of the time whether made of iron, bronze or stone.

After its death, the famous lion was put on the sky by Zeus, to become the constellation of Leo.

VIRGO:

The constellation of Virgo is associated with the story of Demeter and her daughter Persephone. For the ancient Greeks, the story of Demeter and Persephone helped to explain why the seasons change.

LIBRA:

The stars that form the golden scales of Libra lie halfway around the band of the greek zodiac, between Virgo and Scorpio.

Day and night are equal when the sun passes through the constellation of Libra. The scales are a symbol of balance and equity.

More specifically, the scales were considered to be the symbol of Dike, meaning Justice, who was a minor goddess of the Underworld.

The fact that the ancient greeks gave Libra a prominent place in the sky, signifies that they considered justice, equity and balance in general, to be the moral cornerstones of an ideal way of living.

SCORPIO:

The eighth constellation of the greek zodiac is the one with the name Scorpio. The story of the scorpion is connected with different versions of stories that involve the mighty hunter Orion - a hero who is represented by another familiar group of stars.

Orion was said to be the tallest and the most handsome man of the then known world. He was often seen hunting in the woods and hills of ancient Greece with his pack of dogs. His constellation shows him striding across the heavens flourishing a gleaming sword on his bejewelled belt.

Many of the stories concerning the constellations of Orion and Scorpio reflect the annual rising and setting of their constellations, which appear to pursue each other across the sky.

One story tells how Gaia had sent the scorpion to sting Orion, in order to punish him for being too boastful, claiming that he was so mighty that he could easily rid the whole earth of all beasts and creatures.

As soon as the scorpion was released from the breast of Gaia, it immediately stung Orion and its deadly venom sent him straight to his death.

The scorpion was set up on the sky by Gaia to mark her victory, while goddess Artemis, who had loved Orion, placed his image on the sky as well, forming his own constellation. Because Orion had cared so much for his hunting dog, Artemis also put up a star for his dog: This is Sirius, the brightest star in the heavens.

There is another story about Orion and the scorpion.

One day, when Orion was out in the woods, he caught sight of seven beautiful sisters, the daughters of Atlas and Pleione. Orion loved them all at first sight and began to chase after them.

The sisters, however, were terrified and cried out to Zeus to save them.

Zeus heard their pleas and helped them by turning them first into doves, so they could fly away from Orion, and then into the seven stars which are now called Pleiades.

According to myth, Orion was stung by the scorpion as a punishment for chasing the seven sisters. Zeus decided that the constellations of Orion and the Pleiades were arranged in the heavens, so that it seemed that Orion was in constant pursuit of the seven sisters, without ever becoming successful, just as the Scorpio seems always to be chasing Orion, without ever touching him.

SAGITTARIUS:

The constellation of Sagittarius (the archer),depicts a creature called centaur, which has the body and head of a man and the hindquarters of a horse.

He is named after Cheiron, the most famous and king of the centaurs. He was semi-divine, as he was the son of god Poseidon. He was taught by god Apollo and goddess Artemis, and from them he learned both wisdom and spirituality.

He dwelt in a cave high up in the rocky, snowy sides of Mount Pelion. He was the oldest and wisest of all the centaurs and very strong. In fact, he was so famous, that many kings had trusted their sons to teach them. Among the most famous of his students were Hercules, and Jason, who later became the leader of the argonauts.

As the myth goes, Cheiron was destined to suffer a gruesome death: When Hercules was returning home to Tiryns after killing the Erymanthian Boar, he had a violent encounter with some drunken centaurs, which he managed to drive away near the place where Cheiron lived.

By accident, however, one of the poisonous arrows that Hercules used to defend himself from his attackers, went astray and hit his old teacher. Cheiron, being semi-divine, would not die, having to suffer an excruciating pain, because of the poison.

He was in such an agony, that Zeus himself felt sorry for the poor centaur and permitted him to give up his divine status and give it to Prometheus, the creator of the human race. So, Cheiron finally was let to die, relieved from the intolerable pain that was inflicted on him from the wound.

CAPRICORN:

The constellation of the greek zodiac by the name of Capricorn, is as strange as that of Sagittarius. It is a sea god, with the head and half the body of a goat, and the tail of a fish.

The story of Capricorn is associated with the birth of Zeus, the father of all gods.

As the story goes, when Rhea gave birth to baby Zeus, she feared that her cruel husband Cronus would devour her child, just as he did with the previous ones that she gave birth to.

So, she secretly took her child to Crete, where he was safely kept in a cave on Mount Dicte. There, he was nursed and cared for by Amaltheia, whose name means “tender”. She was a goat nymph, and she looked after baby Zeus with the greatest love and devotion, feeding him on her own rich milk and sweet lavender-scented honey.

Zeus’s golden cradle was hung high upon a tree so that Cronus would never find him in Heaven or Earth, or even in the ocean.

When Zeus later became the lord of the universe, he did not forget his goat-mother, Amaltheia, who had nursed him so lovingly. He took one of her horns and turned it into the horn of plenty, which is always filled with whatever delicious food or drink its owner may wish for, and is never empty.

Finally, in recognition of all she had done for him, she set her image among the rest of stars on the greek zodiac, as the constellation of Capricorn.

AQUARIUS:

The constellation of Aquarius shows a person pouring water out of a jug. It is thought that the story behind this group of stars is that of Ganymede.

Ganymede was the son of king Tros, after whom Troy was named. The young prince was the most exquisite and handsome youth that ever lived, and was adored and admired by both gods and mortals.

Zeus, who was especially fond of beautiful people, was totally infatuated with Ganymedes’s external appearance. Thinking it would be appropriate for so handsome a mortal as Ganymede to live with the gods, the mighty god disguised himself as an enormous eagle. He then flew down to Earth, captured the handsome youth and brought him up to Olympus.

Up there on the heavenly palace, Zeus had to find a job for his young protegee. So, he decided that Ganymede should be given the special honour of being his personal cupbearer.

The position was considered to be highly distinguished, since the person who was assigned the duty of the cupbearer, was responsible for pouring into the glasses of the Olympians the divine drink called nectar. This was the special drink that bestowed on the gods their eternal youth and vigor.

Zeus was forever fond of his cupbearer. So, he honoured him by giving him a prominent position on the greek zodiac, as the constellation of Aquarius.

PISCES:

The image of the two fish swimming in different directions make the constellation of Pisces.

Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, was thought to be the source of inspiration for this particular constellation being set in the stars.

After Zeus had fought his father, Cronus, he defeated the race of the giants, who were the children of Gaia, the mother earth.

In revenge for the destruction of her children, Gaia gave birth to a horrible monster, called Typhon. He was the largest and most frightening creature ever born. From the thighs down he was a mass of coiled snakes, while his arms were so long that when he spread them out he reached a hundred leagues each way.

Let loose by his mother Gaia, Typhon thundered towards the Olympian home of the gods, declaring war on all of them. The gods hurried to disguise themselves, in the hope that the horrible creature would not find them:

Zeus took the image of a ram; Hera, became a white cow; Artemis became a cat; Hermes turned into an ibis, while Ares became a wild boar.

Lastly, the goddess Aphrodite and her son Eros, dived deep into the ocean and took the shape of twin fish.

When the fierce monster was finally captured by Zeus and all of the Olympians were transformed back to their original form, Aphrodite, being grateful to the fish who had lent their form to her and her son when they were in distress, put up their image on the night sky. Thus, Pisces became the last constellation of the greek zodiac.

in one of my women’s studies classes, we talked about the theory that the hegemonic construction of what women are supposed to be emphasizes beauty and its importance so forcibly in order to ensure that women are preoccupied by the constant pursuit of beauty and are therefore distracted from other injustices that they might otherwise challenge.

i think about that sometimes.

“The trouble with witches is that they’ll never run away from things they really hate. And the trouble with small furry animals in a corner is that, just occasionally, one of them’s a mongoose.”  - Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad.

I don’t think Magrat Garlick gets enough credit. 

She is referred to as a wet hen, made fun of constantly, doubts herself constantly, and is small and weak when shone in the same light as the formidable Granny Weatherwax.

She has silly ideas and dreams and a naivete that people think would be easy to take advantage of.

But she isn’t.

People mistake her kind heart and soft nature for weakness. People mistake her dreams for silly fancies. People make fun of her constant pursuit of self-improvement.

Yet, she does it anyway. She keeps her soft heart, her dreams and her quest of being a better Magrat. 

She goes fearlessly where life takes her. From Witch to Queen and back again and again. She takes up wand and sword her land, people and loves.  She has the outrage and fury of the compassionate.

Even hampered with self-doubt and insecurities, she is still ultimately the Witch Queen and she never forgets it.

I think more than any other character on the disc, Magrat is most like us.

anonymous asked:

Would you mind talking about each of the Targaryen crowns, their meanings and why each of the kings wore them?

Sure.

Aegon the Conqueror’s crown was a circle of Valyrian steel set with square-cut rubies. The use of Valyrian steel accomplished a few goals. For one, it served as a reminder of the Targaryens’ Valyrian, dragonlord origins, of the race “above the common run of men”. For another, it recalled the power of Valyrian steel in weaponry, a fact any Westerosi House with a cherished family blade would know well; Aegon the Conqueror was a warrior, and his crown would be made of the same material as his fearsome sword Blackfyre. Setting the dark Valyrian steel with red rubies also nicely echoed the new red-on-black royal sigil, a uniform approach to the imagery of the new regime. Altogether, Aegon’s crown was Valyrian and martial in nature, the crown of a dragonlord who ruled by right of conquest rather than right of birth. 

Aenys wore a “different” crown from his father’s, “all gold, much larger and more elaborate”. It was typical of Aenys’ love of courtly pageantry and the arts that he would favor an elaborate, showy crown. He was distancing himself from his warrior father; this was the crown of a peace king, a courtly king, a king to be seen in his splendor rather than in a suit of mail. 

Maegor wore the Conqueror’s crown, a move I would think was partially if not entirely Visenya’s idea. With Maegor being far more a warrior than his brother Aenys - the youngest-made knight in Westeros in his day, the bearer of Blackfyre, the rider of terrifying Balerion, a man who relished in bloodshed - a crown with war-like overtones would be far more fitting for Maegor. Too, and this I think would have appealed to clever Visenya, by wearing the Conqueror’s crown Maegor emphasized the point that he, and not Aenys or his sons, was the true heir of his father Aegon. He carried his father’s sword, and wore his father’s crown; he was the true successor to Aegon, not weak Aenys.

Jaehaerys I was crowned with his father’s crown, a neat move which stressed his claim as coming from his father, skipping over usurping Maegor. However, the crown Jaehaerys wore as king was one of his own design, a simple gold band set with seven gemstones of different colors. The rainbow of gems was an obvious reference to the Faith of the Seven, which is fond of using rainbows in its imagery, and indicative of the Conciliator’s famed peace with the Faith. Jaehaerys’ crown was an advertisement of his reign’s central policy: he was a peacemaking king, but an active peacemaker (unlike Aenys), one who would work so that the realm would not bleed again.

Viserys I also wore his grandfather’s crown, probably to emphasize that he was the true successor of Jaehaerys the Wise. With the succession problems that had plagued the dynasty in the closing years of Jaehaerys’ reign, and Viserys succeeding to the throne only two years after the Great Council of 101 AC had confirmed him as the heir, loyalties might still have been divided over who was the rightful heir to the great Jaehaerys. Wearing the Conciliator’s crown implied a continuity of succession, reminding onlookers that Jaehaerys had chosen Prince Baelon, that the Great Council had named Baelon’s son, and that that son now sat the Iron Throne in that right. 

Aegon II, as noted by Gyldayn, wore the crown of the Conqueror. Being that he had been named explicitly in homage to Aegon I, wearing the Conqueror’s crown further served to underline the connection between the first Aegon and the second. He was the successor to Aegon the Conqueror, another warrior-king wed to his sister-queen who would fly out on dragonback to meet any threat against his dynasty. 

Aegon III wore his own crown, “a slender gold band, no ornament”. As with the crowns of Aenys I and Jaehaerys I, the Dragonbane’s crown perfectly matched the personality of its ruler. Somber, withdrawn Aegon III desired no grandiose ornament for his crown. Westeros had bled under his mother and uncle, and he himself was deeply scarred by the horrors he had witnessed during the Dance. His rule would be a simpler time of healing and reunification, and he would set the example with his simple, sober crown. 

Daeron I was the last of the Targaryen kings to wear the Conqueror’s crown (it was lost when he was slain in the Red Mountains). A precociously talented warrior and commander, Daeron I saw himself as a new Conqueror, the one Targaryen who could “complete the Conquest” and finish the work of his great-great-great-great grandfather. He was the Young Dragon, the heir in talent and vision to Aegon I, a new warrior-king who would give the kingdom the martial glory it had not seen since the days of the Conqueror. 

Baelor I wore a “crown of flowers and vines”. Less a formal king than any Targaryen before or after him, Baelor believed himself to be a septon as much as a king, whose weapons were prayers and whose rule would be used to further the tenets of the Faith of the Seven. The wealth of the crown, as he saw it, was to be used for charity toward the poor, not toward the adornment of his own person. His floral crown would remind his subjects that there was as much beauty to be found in nature, crafted by the Seven, as there was in a crown of gold. 

Viserys II wore his brother Aegon III’s simple crown. Having served admirably as Hand for three kings, Viserys was ready by the time he inherited the crown to put all his administrative and bureaucratic talents and ideas to work. An ostentatious crown would have been simply a distraction; he was a king who wanted to work, and a simple crown conveyed his preference for work over display. 

Aegon IV designed his own crown, “huge and heavy, red gold, each of its points a dragon’s head with gemstone eyes”. Aegon IV was a man of excess, someone whose quest in life was the constant pursuit of pleasure, and his court was a school of decadence and corruption. Doubtless Aegon IV loved the idea of an ostentatious crown, the biggest and most ornate of any Targaryen crown in the nearly two centuries of the dynasty, as it fit his desire for excess in all things. Additionally, as Aegon IV hated everything about his father and constantly rebelled against his father’s strictures, his crown would be the ultimate symbol of rejecting Viserys II: the huge and heavy crown was about as far away from the simple band of the Dragonbane as one could get.

Daeron II wore his father’s crown, but not for the reasons Aegon IV had designed it. Aegon had done his best to cast doubt on Daeron’s legitimacy, and had died undermining it; when he succeeded, Daeron II had to remind his subjects that he was truly Aegon’s son, the rightful heir of his father. 

Aerys I also wore the crown of Aegon IV, although GRRM described the crown as “atop a pile of books, as if [Aerys] has forgotten to put it on”. Given how little he cared about ruling - preferring arcane texts, refusing to consummate his marriage to his queen, and leaving the rule of the state to Bloodraven - Aerys I probably spent little time deciding on what crown he would use. His father and grandfather had worn it, and that was good enough for Aerys; choosing another or designing his own would have meant putting effort into his rule, and that was something Aerys I patently did not want to do.

Maekar designed his own crown, “a warlike crown with black iron points in a band of red gold”. That Yandel names it “warlike” is fitting for Maekar’s personality and the attitude he would take toward his reign. Maekar was a warrior, a prince who had made a name for himself leading royal forces in the First and Third Blackfyre Rebellions. His would be a reign reversing the absenteeism of Aerys I, reinvigorating the role of king as a strong leader in war as well as peace. Neither the ostentatious crown of Aegon IV nor the simple band of the Dragonbane would fit Maekar’s designs; he was a warrior, he would live and die as a warrior-king, and his crown would fit that policy. (It’s interesting how much this crown resembles the old crown of the Stark Kings of Winter, another circlet surmounted by iron spikes, though whether that was intentional is impossible to say.)

Aegon V wore the crown of the Dragonbane, the simple gold circlet. The Unlikely King spent his reign trying to help the common men of Westeros, undermining the powers of the great lords in order to better the lives of the smallfolk. His crown was the symbolic representation of his policy, deemphasizing the grandeur of the monarchy and focusing his energies on reform. 

Jaehaerys II wore the crown of grandfather Maekar. In part, this was probably a problem of choice: the only extant Targaryen crowns were those of Maekar, Aegon IV, and possibly Aenys, and the latter two were associated with very ill-remembered kings. Additionally, the War of the Ninepenny Kings began at the immediate outset of Jaehaerys II’s reign, so the martial crown of Maekar was a nice symbol that the monarchy intended to fight and win against the last of the Blackfyre pretenders as much as Maekar did against Daemon Blackfyre and Haegon Blackfyre. Plus, being personally sickly and frail, Jaehaerys II might have wanted a strong king’s crown to mask his lack of physical ability.

Aerys II wore the huge, ornate crown of Aegon IV. He came to the throne as a young man full of wildly grand (if woefully impractical) ideas for the monarchy, and I think he would have liked the Aegon IV crown for the power it conveyed. He was king now, and needed a grandiose symbol that would show everyone he was king and could do as he pleased; the crown of Aegon IV filled that need nicely for him. Given that he was also a king who loved pleasure and entertainment nigh as much as Aegon IV did, the crown of the Unworthy was a fitting mark of where his priorities lay.

viridian-sunset-deactivated2017  asked:

i've been writing a lot about shiro (but a comic sorta thing) and i keep getting this feeling... about shiro having identity issues. i feel bad bc i project a lot but i always wonder if he would struggle with that (i mean.. looking at Crystal Venom just before he ejects sendak into space, and also in rebirth, but where shiro gains what seems like a more stable confidence about being the pilot of the black lion). just a random ask i guess. wondered if you have any thoughts?

I’ll preface this by saying that I am not an expert, especially on the kind of trauma that Shiro went through. I’m pretty comfortable writing certain forms of PTSD because I’ve had experience with it myself, but what happened to Shiro is on a whole ‘nother level, so much so that I’m hesitant to tackle it in my writing and so far have mostly just picked around the edges. I could be totally, totally wrong in what I’m about to say.

That said, yes. I think Crystal Venom made it clear that Shiro is experiencing a lot of trouble with his identity and his role both on the team and in the universe as a whole. Season 2 expanded on it, as well. I’m not sure how much of what Sendak said to Shiro in that episode was Sendak’s consciousness projecting through the castle and how much Shiro was hallucinating, but the entire episode pulled up some very deep trauma for him. Even at the beginning, when everyone wandered away and Shiro was stuck standing there, just staring at Sendak, he already seemed to be lowkey dissociating. And it just got worse. The part where he yelled at Sendak, “You’re a BROKEN soldier,” the way he said it (and all praise to Josh Keaton’s voice acting, for real) seemed dragged from his gut. He was either saying something he’d heard someone else to say him, or something he’d thought about himself. 

Shiro feels broken. He hides it, and he does everything he can to present only the pieces of himself that he thinks are useful to his team and to his mission, but he gets tired. He lets it slip, with Keith, with the black lion, even sometimes, just glimpses, with Allura. Throughout the second season, he kept looking ahead to a future beyond this fight, and he didn’t see himself there. That was why he set up Keith to be the leader after him, and I think it also fed into his recklessness when he was fighting Zarkon on the astral plane. I sort of expected him to falter when suddenly presented with the emperor of the universe, the being personally responsible for all the suffering and pain Shiro had gone through, but he didn’t hesitate. And I really think it was because he wasn’t fighting for himself, not at that moment. He was fighting for the black lion’s autonomy, and for his teammates’ freedom from Zarkon’s constant pursuit. His own needs fell to far, far lower priority, practically non-existent. And while it was awesome and badass and I cheered out loud at that massive punch, I was also terrified for Shiro. Black HAD to come and save him. He was completely incapable of saving himself, not just because his skills weren’t up to it, but also because emotionally, he’d already thrown himself away. I need to rewatch the finale again, but I think it also affected him there.

Shiro tries SO HARD. He was chosen by destiny or whatever to be the leader of the only force in the universe that has a chance of saving it, and he does everything he can to live up to that. He does a great job, most of the time. But he’s also a kid by any objective measure who has suffered massively and been given zero time to heal, and it shows. It would be strange if he WASN’T suffering identity issues, honestly. It’s a wonder if he’s managing to hold onto any shred of himself outside of his role as the head of Voltron, the black paladin, with a billion tons of pressure on his shoulders. And, I mean. Pressure makes diamonds. But it also makes you hard. Sometimes that means brittle, not impermeable. And brittle things can shatter.

Again, just my opinon. But thanks for asking! I spent a couple days thinking about it.

No Regrets (Part 2)

After what I can only describe as ridiculous amount of likes and comments I present you with Part 2. There’s more angst (you’re welcome) and a cheeky appearance from the Cap.

Summary: When the reader finally coughs up the courage to ask Bucky out it turns out he’s no that interested. Or is he?

Word count: 1.9k

Warnings: Angst.

Part 1

Originally posted by fandemoniumnet


You loved your job. It paid well, it was the right kind of challenging, you made an actual difference to the world and your co-workers were pretty cool. After all, how many people can say they work for the Avengers?


Granted, you were more of a ‘behind the scenes’ kind of person, you spend your days mostly in front of the computer screen, retrieving, decoding, and sifting through the intel gathered in the missions. You also provide maps, background checks on suspects, and encode all this data so it doesn’t fall into any wrong hands. So yup, you can say you’re one clever cookie.

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Heavy Metal Astrology | The Elements: Fire

The zodiacal wheel begins with the most powerful and destructive of all elements, fire. This element is all about passion and self-expression. It is a very brash and in-your-face kind of energy, because it is not in their nature to hold back. They are endowed with a charisma that makes them natural born leaders and most don’t shy away from it. Much like the element they are associated with, their energies cannot be tamed. These people are fueled by the fire in their hearts and are here to express themselves, and anyone who stands in the way of this will be incinerated.

Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Modalities: Cardinal (Initiating), Fixed (Stubborn), Mutable (Changeable)
Pictured: Heidi Shepherd (Aries Sun), Tarja Turunen (Leo Sun), Maria Brink (Sagittarius Sun)

  1. Arians direct their fiery energy towards the pursuit of leadership roles. They are intensely connected to the self and aim to instill the same strong self-belief in others.
  2. Leos direct their fiery energy towards the pursuit of creative endeavors. They are fueled by the fire in their hearts in whatever they choose to do.
  3. Sagittarians direct their fiery energy towards the pursuit of constant expansion of the mind. It’s this constant feeding of the mind that keeps their soul from starving.

Gansey: Ravenclaw

- His entire quest for Glendower is basically the Ravenclaw wet dream. He’s in the constant pursuit of knowledge, it’s what he’s dedicated his whole life to. And even after Glendower, he’s gone off to discover the world and other cultures. I will carry Ravenclaw Gansey to the grave.

Ronan: Hufflepuff

- He hates to lie, loves his people more than anything, and once held a baby mouse up to his cheek to feel it’s heartbeat. Cmon. Say what you want about Ronan, but he follows his own morals to a T and is kind where it counts.

Adam: Slytherin

- Adam Parrish is the most syltherin slitherin to ever slytherin. He is literally the definition of a slytherin. Slytherin.

Noah: Hufflepuff

- Bruh. No explanation needed.

Blue: Gryffindor

- She’s fiercely brave, and 100% not afraid to stick up for herself and the people she loves.

anonymous asked:

There's such an importance on successful missions as it's what their villages' economy depends on. What do they do if they can't fulfill the request? Can't find a lost pet does the owner gets a refund? If things are so peace full and they don't want their economy taking a dive, they'll have to be willing to make a mission out of almost anything and charge a good amount for it. Meaning they could potentially be taking a good deal of jobs away from civilian people. What do you think?

This is such a great question. I’m really wrestling with this subject in one of my fanfics (good, satisfying wrestling, don’t get me wrong).

The mission-based economy is at the heart of what’s wrong with the shinobi system. Why?

1. The most coherent historical narrative for the Narutoverse is that society pre-the Founders was basically uncentralized, with daimyo (daimyo literally means a great land owner) “ruling” but not really doing much for the common people. Therefore there was no real sense of patriotism or nationalism–everything was very clan-centric. The clan and its continuance was the priority over individual lives. In this landscape, some people over time developed the ability to mold chakra better and better. They started out little better than ordinary soldiers in the real world, taking jobs for hire (mercenaries) but by the Founders Era, shinobi had become so much more powerful than civilians (especially with ninjutsu) that even children were able to be effective soldiers. The power breakthroughs started coming faster and faster, amping up the arms race and resulting in unprecedented bloodshed, which led Hashirama et alia to seek a better way.

2. The founding of the village replaced the clan with the village in people’s priorities, and encouraged more people to work together. A good first step, honestly. Hashirama also tried to distribute the tailed beasts in an attempt to make power balanced to discourage war–also an understandable step. But the problem was that this was still very much a mercenary society. They were still continuing the pre-villages mentality of work for hire; they didn’t question the role of the daimyos and the civilian power structures.

3. This is a big problem, something that was made glaringly obvious in the very beginning with the Land of Waves mission: ninja abilities were made available only to those who had the ability to pay; and in this new world of chakra-based abilities (and taijutsu mastery), civilians were totally defenceless against even genin-level ninja. What’s more, missing-nin, under constant pursuit by their old villages, were definitely willing to take any mission, no matter how low. So this forces poor civilians who need help to either roll over and die, or to lie and pray that low level ninja can help them–often just resulting in the ninja dying.

4. Obviously, this is not going to do the image of shinobi much good amongst civilians, especially since shinobi culture has been attempting to cope with the trauma through emotional suppression and dehumanization of both themselves and their opponents. Shinobi are killers for hire, living tools–the shinobi culture and the civilian culture are going to mirror this back and forth at each other.

5. So to reform the shinobi system and make an actually peaceful society–not just one where the kage-led villages aren’t fighting wars with each other–there inherently needs to be an end to missions. In particular because the non-combat applications of chakra molded skills are limitless, if you have even a tiny amount of imagination. A really just and prosperous society that is peaceful isn’t one that says to a man who was robbed of everything he owned, forced off his land, and had his family killed by a missing-nin, “fuck you, pay me, that’ll be an A-rank, half in advance”. Yeah I’ll get all Spiderman on your butt and say that with great power comes great responsibility.

6. So it only makes sense then for shinobi to be directly financed by the state in order to assist in both common good projects (eg imagine all the infrastructure wood release can do) and helping those who cannot currently afford what they need (especially after constant war which is at least partly your fault, ninja).

7. The daimyo have to go. The series can only offer up a feeble “they preserve social order by giving out ribbons after we all die” from Genma of all people in their defence. I’m not saying they’re going to the guillotine, but c’mon, feudalism? Really? No.

8. Ultimately, and this would actually be quite tricky, there would need to be some kind of democratic system in which shinobi voluntarily ceded a share of power and decision making to non-shinobi. Basically we’ve inadvertently got a weird X-men thing going on here, only worse. It’s X-men if regular human beings didn’t have guns or tanks or airplanes or any of that. Completely defenceless.

9. Super duper ultimately, because I’m too tired to rephrase the previous number, you’d need a really strong moral sense to become rampant, because otherwise “but why don’t we just enslave all these civilians and live like kings” is, like, a possibility, especially since in the past the villages seemed to have very much taken a “mind your own business” approach to atrocities going on in other nations.

Land of Water committing genocide against bloodline limit bearers?

Originally posted by desingyouruniverse

Hanzo running dictatorship and brutally suppressing revolution?

Originally posted by plumkat

Ame’s new leadership kills not only Hanzo but everyone associated with him, including children?

Originally posted by jay-quest

You get the picture. The Narutoverse is very much not a society where anyone ever seems to say “heyyyyyy… maybe we should… do something… about that…” Probably because of that whole “let’s systematically kill our human emotions to cope with killing for money” thing.

Anyway this would be a nice thing for Naruto to change.

Originally posted by wearecryingdreamers

Or not.

[…] those defending the scent of the distant homeland—that fragrance they’ve never smelled because they weren’t born on her soil. She bore them, but they were born away from her.  Yet they studied her constantly, without fatigue or boredom; and from overpowering memory and constant pursuit, they learned what it means to belong to her.
—  Mahmoud Darwish, Memory for Forgetfulness: August, Beirut, 1982 (University of California Press, 1990)

anonymous asked:

Hello! Is it possible for a person to be a Ravenclaw and a huge sceptic at the same time? Love your blog, salutations cordiales de France <3

Ravenclaws make for fantastic skeptics. The constant pursuit of understanding involves a lot of questioning what you have heard before. If you never question what you know, you can never learn the truth behind it.

Skepticism and belief are both big with Ravenclaws, frequently at the same time, even if they seem conflicting. Its the belief that there might be something more to know and the skepticism to always question what is already known.

-Jamie (Gryffindor)

I was getting kind of bored because of the lack of attacks on us who do not have english as first language. It’s almost two weeks since I last received an anon about that topic, so it’s about time (again), I guess.

I still do not understand the need to attack others, even though you have tried to do it with some sort of nice words, humor and some emojis. (Which in this case gets an almost mocking effect) Sometimes I would like to know how many languages all of you anons understand, talk, write and read? Generally, there are very few people who master a language to perfection. I personally do not even master my own first language, which is constantly under development and influence of other languages. How can you require that people master languages that they do not use in their daily life? Perfection is an extreme term and everybody makes mistakes, even those with English as a native language. Why not support people and be happy that people can communicate in languages other than their own..

Do you feel like a better humans when you act like the grammar and spell police? What do you personally get from it? Is that the way you can feel that you are in control? Does it give you an inner satisfaction to bully and exhibit others? Finally, why is it so necessary to hide behind an anon if it’s so essential to you? I simply do not understand, on tumblr you have the opportunity to talk with people from different countries, people who can offer different things, see things differently and so forth. Why be deceitful and on constant pursuit of differences, instead of taking advantage of the differences we all offer? 

Some sad Ard lines, I’ve been getting some feels lately about his constant pursuits of perfection and loyalty and that he’s in obvious pain from choices he has to make.

Signs as Literary Characters

ARIES: Huckleberry Finn (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn) - rebellious, highly individualistic, offensive yet naive to the fact, naturally distrustful of people and ideas that don’t align with what he’s experienced, great natural instincts and an able to read people

TAURUS: Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games) - extremely loyal, family oriented, doesn’t like physical conflict and resorts to being physical only when there is no other choice, calculates and strategically weighs her options in order to take the best course of action rather than to act impulsively

GEMINI: Alice (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) - her ability to interpret and analyze the world and its beings is unmatchable, at one point she is very sure of her identity and what she believes and thinks is right but then finds herself completely confused on all matters, tries to adapt to all environments no matter how crazy, gets lost in her thoughts easily 

CANCER: Dorothy (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) - very strong willed, empathetic, cares deeply, always does what she thinks is right and doesn’t give up easily, willing to do whatever for those she cares about, tries to be a friend to all and encourage people to be their best selves and embrace their differences

LEO: Harry Potter (The Harry Potter Series)- the typical Leo! Extremely loyal to his friends, and enormous heart and a magnetism that attracts everyone to him, a natural leader and has no problem being the center of attention and can even become full of himself sometimes

VIRGO: Hazel Grace (The Fault In Our Stars) - tackles issues (like her illness) by being practical and explaining them in a no-fluff manner. With a nonchalant attitude and a dry sense of humor, it seems like she has it under control or is, at the very least, okay with the chaos. However, this is untrue. Like most Virgos, Hazel seems stable at the surface level, but when delving deeper it is easily apparent that not everything is in order, there are powerful emotions buried underneath it all, and that they are not okay with the circumstances but feel that they can’t change it, so they internalize it all

LIBRA: Atticus Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird) - he is the true embodiment of a diplomat, level-headed. able to see all sides of an argument and is dedicated to justice. argues intelligently, carefully, and thoughtfully. never argues heatedly or get blinded by rage or other emotions. Knows exactly which arguments will influence people best. able to beat you in any argument while remaining the natural charmer they are. 

SCORPIO: Holden Caulfield (The Catcher In The Rye) - extremely perceptive. able to quickly evaluate anyone and tear them down in a just a few short sentences but refuses to acknowledge his own weaknesses and fake behaviors. Harsh, cynical, and sometimes downright negative, Holden could only ever be a Scorpio. 

SAGITTARIUS: R. P. McMurphy (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) - a symbol of freedom. Like a Sag, McMurphy gives off the appearance of someone who likes to disobey the rules just for fun but in actuality, they always have a purpose and can justify themselves when questions about their actions. McMurphy was always putting on a show at the ward in order to disrupt the system, get the patients to show emotions, and to make friends like any true Sagittarius would.

CAPRICORN: Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice) - with confidence, he thinks very highly of himself but does so without much self-reflection. However, he is very quick to judge those around them. Easily holds grudges, is stubborn, and can be too proud to admit he’s wrong even when he knows he is, which is why Mr. Darcy can only be a Capricorn. 

AQUARIUS: Victor Frankenstein (Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus) - a visionary not scared of the unknown but rather in constant pursuit of it, highly intelligent and innovative, needs to always push their boundaries, which can lead themselves and other to madness 

PISCES: Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby) - extremely idealistic and refuses to give up on the fantasy of the life he could/should have, will almost do anything to try and capture nearly impossible ideas of grandeur and/or love. they motivate themselves more when what they are trying to capture is nearly unobtainable or just outright impossible, in love with the possibilities and opportunities, love to daydream and think “what if…”

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“That ONE good day when you were feeling hella secure/confident.” 2016

-I am giving myself permission to be a confident person. 
-I dare to love me.
-I dare to not want to be your preference.
-Fuck yo preference.
-I exist without non-black validation.
-I am in constant pursuit of edification. 
-Satisfaction is a right. Not a privilege.
-My sex is healthy.
-My Love is Black.


.Onyx.

To all the people that asked why Mexicans couldn’t use La Catrina’s makeup (english version):

Any mistakes are my own and I blame them all on the crappy educational system that didn’t allow me to learn english all that well. Here you go:

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This is a complicated matter, and has a lot of points that have to be addressed. I’m going to try to be very concise and make it short. The day of the dead is a Mexican tradition (although it’s celebrated in different parts of Latin America, with different focus and shades) that dates back to the pre-Columbian era. 

There are records of various cultures/ethnic groups that celebrated this holiday, mainly the Mexica, Purépecha, Mayans, Totonacas, among others. With the arrival of the Spaniards, and subsequently, the colonization and the continuous evangelization, this tradition was attempted to be removed from the natives, but it so was deeply rooted, that it had to be modified, thus coming to the mix between pre-hispanic culture and Spanish Catholicism. It became a mestizx tradition, with native roots.

This holiday heavily influenced both the Novohispanic culture and the native one, and when it came the time to stop referring to people that lived in the New Spain (now México) as such, and the term ‘Mexican’ became popular, the tradition had become base of the Mexican identity. 

To certain extent, the evolution of the holiday remarks this Mexican practice of mixing things, categorizing us as one, without putting limits to our differences, not to make it into something of negative connotation, but to celebrate that these distinctions exist. This is a very common action within our society, this need to blur the lines and appropriate details here and there, to sort of blend-in. That exposes the internalized racism and colorism, that we haven’t been able to fully deconstruct. But that’s another broad subject. 

The holiday itself, and the ideas that the natives had, preceding the arrival of the conquistadors, dealt with death in a very different way to the occidental thinking. Death was not a punishment, but a journey. It referred to travelling to another plane, but being allowed to keep reuniting with your loved ones, through offerings, chants and numerous symbols that lightened up your path. It was a very postmodernist way (the way it could be classified nowadays) of processing the loss of a person, which at the end, wasn’t a loss at all. And these ideas remain in place in our culture, what with the simple fact that the celebration of the Day of the dead is in a graveyard, with mariachi, food, party, etcetera; it’s a very uncommon way of addressing loss. 

We also have to be very conscious that La Catrina is created not only as a pre-Columbian concept, but that it’s intertwined with a social-political context; because the cartoon of the Calavera Garbancera was published around the time of the beginning of the Mexican revolution. This cartoon was created as a mockery to people with indigenous blood, that pretended and/or wanted to be Europeans. We’re talking about a publication in 1912, when people rose up in arms, after the so called Porfiriato, the 30 years dictatorship of Porfirio Díaz, after a exhaustive exploitation of the working class in the country. 

So, this matter of the calavera Catrina comes hand-in-hand with social unrest, an unbearable systemic situation, tackled with that humorous identity that characterizes the Mexican. It was a total spoof to that internalized racism/colorism that the Mexican of the time had, which comes to reinforce what I mentioned before, about the celebration’s evolution and that constant pursuit of the creation of a Mexican race, without taking into account the differences that make our culture so rich a varied. 

That was the foundation of the Catrina, but anyhow, little by little it started becoming another symbol of the national identity, and it infiltrated the places where the Day of the dead tradition was set, until it remained as an inherent emblem of the day. 

Now, If I’m being honest, my post was originally directed to Xicanxs that follow this blog, that love to reclaim their Mexican heritage on these holidays, but decide to ignore the problems that México faces the rest of the year. And to the white people that follow this blog, and there are a few of them. But also, it was directed to those Mexicans that tend to appropriate cultural details that do not belong to us. One clear example of this would be this past FIFA World Cup, where you turned on the TV to the Mexican matches and you could see a lot Mexicans dressed up as Mayans, Aztecs, etcetera. 

We need to be consistent and be aware that we cannot partake into a tradition that dates back to the pre-Hispanic era, and it’s STILL being celebrated among the indigenous ethnicities of the country, specially where one is completely disconnected from the historical, political, social and cultural context of it. Above all, because it’s an ongoing, current tradition on these native groups, and it’s a show of disrespect to not be part of them, but wanting to participate in the holiday just for the idea of this homogeneous society (and because of the pretty colours), when the concept has been super watered down for other people’s consumption. 

To wear the Catrina’s garments, it’s absolutely necessary, ESSENTIAL even, to be informed about the subject at hand. To not use it only for the aesthetic, but to recognize the weight that the holiday has socially and culturally; and how this shapes our identity as an individual and as part of this national cluster. Second, it has to be utilized within the respectful guidelines of the holiday, like on the Day of the dead, while you’re presenting your altar and placing the last offerings of the night. While you take the mariachi to you deceased, to your family, while you dine around their grave. While you celebrate the idea that they are with you because you lit up their way with candles, and you brought them home with the smell of their favorite food. As long as it’s done in a respectful way, with education, knowing exactly what it represents and entails. 

There’s a huge difference between celebrating the Day of the dead and wearing the makeup on Halloween, as if it was a mere costume. It’s reducing a beautiful tradition to a pretty makeup for the consumption of other people.

If it’s only used because it’s pretty, then I think it’s downplaying one of the few traditions on a national scale, that was rescued from that pre-colonial era, and that is able to reflect a little the vast, diverse and advanced culture the natives had. And that huge influence, can be summarized in this: 

The Mexican grieves differently, they cry and feel in their guts, and their mourning goes hand in hand with their identification to the soil they were born into.

I’ve seen this topic floating around my dash for a bit so I figured I’d give my five cents on it (…i’m pretty sure i’ve talked about this before)

I’m on the side of “Killian changed/redeemed himself, for himself”. In season 2, he was hellbent on revenge but at the end of the season he had this fantastic revelation that I will scream and flail about until the end of time.

You ever wonder if this constant pursuit for revenge is the reason we have no one who cares for us? I mean, when all this is over and I know the Crocodile is dead for good and all… I’ll have nothing to look forward to. My life will be empty. Revenge may sate your being, but don’t misunderstand me, my dear. It’s an end, not a beginning.

Basically - Old. (the man is over 300 years old… thereabouts) Alone. Done for.

Through in his guilt about what he did to Baelfire and not wanting to make that mistake again, and he was on the road to redemption.

Again, with the theme of Evil Isn’t Born It’s Made, Killian wasn’t always a villain. The problem is, Hook let his pain and anger overtake who he really was. So, this change - I interpret it like this, anyway - is more like a rediscovery of Killian Jones, the man, as opposed to Captain Hook, the villain.

The problem was, “Captain Hook” was still very much apart of Killian. He needed to learn how to own that side of him (”own that shit” hehe) but also move on without it.

I’m not saying that aren’t other elements to Killian’s redemption. But, in my opinion, the fact that it was Killian himself that realized “I need to stop and turn my life around before it’s too late”, that’s pretty damn important.

And… I think that’s all I really have to say on that subject :)

anonymous asked:

You're a Scorpio, aren't you? I think you display the developped traits of the sign, your posts are very informative and you go to the deep points of problems. I agree with your vision on most astro aspects.

Yes but a 12th house Sun.  Sun conjunct pluto, sun conjunct saturn in scorpio. I don’t have any 8th house planets.  I am not dominant in Scorpio energy either.  I am Sagittarius dominant because Jupiter makes so many aspects to my inner planets.  In reality I think my constant pursuit of higher minded abstract thought subjects keeps me going with astrology and metaphysics.